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Trump biographer warns he may turn to ’military conflicts in the Persian Gulf now that nobody believes his tariff bluffs

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President Donald Trump may resort to military adventurism in the Middle East as a way to keep his political opponents off balance, according to a journalist who has covered Trump for decades.

Journalist Tim O’Brien, author of the 2005 book TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald, was interviewed by “The Last Word” host Lawrence O’Donnell on Monday.

The two discussed how Trump’s threatened tariffs against Mexico had backfired spectacularly.

“Will he find other arenas to do this if the tariff game isn’t working?” O’Donnell asked.

“He absolutely will because it’s more than just a game for him, this is where he operates,” O’Brien replied. “He thrives in chaos and he thrives around the idea of keeping people off balance so they’re guessing what he’ll do next.”

“The real danger here — and we’re in a very dangerous time now — is that this is going to move out of tariffs into things like military conflicts in the Persian Gulf, conflicts with China, et cetera, et cetera. People have to be wary of that,” O’Brien warned.

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Rep. Ted Lieu: Impeachment is coming — and so is a Democratic president

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Donald Trump recently called “impeachment” a “dirty, filthy, disgusting word,” but his continued stonewalling of legitimate congressional oversight requests are moving more and more House Democrats to embrace that “filthy” concept. That was the very point made by Rep. Ted Lieu of California, a progressive Democrat who sits on the House Judiciary Committee during our recent conversation on “Salon Talks.” That committee would be the starting point for an actual impeachment inquiry of the president.

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US kicks off Mideast plan, with Palestinians boycotting

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After a wait of two and a half years, the US administration is launching its Middle East peace plan Tuesday -- with an economic initiative that the Palestinians are boycotting.

For this most unconventional of US presidents, Donald Trump's Middle East peace-making bid is unlike decades of previous US attempts.

There is no talk of land swaps, a Palestinian state or other political issues that have vexed diplomats for decades.

The Trump administration says it will get to the political issues later.

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FedEx sues US government over shipment restrictions

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American logistics giant FedEx sued the US government on Monday, saying Washington's restrictions on exports and imports due to growing trade disputes and sanctions created an "impossible burden" for delivery firms.

The announcement of the lawsuit comes as Beijing and Washington face off in a trade war that has seen both sides exchange steep tariffs on hundreds of billions in exports.

The US has also sought to bar Chinese telecom giant Huawei from the American market and limit its ability to purchase US technology.

A statement by the delivery firm said the restrictions placed "an unreasonable burden on FedEx to police the millions of shipments that transit our network every day" or face heavy fines.

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